UW signs 22 in 2014 recruiting class

There were not a lot of surprises — good or bad — Wednesday as Wyoming received 19 national letters of intent from recruits to go along with the three players that already signed and are enrolled in school.

First-year coach Craig Bohl said when he was hired in December that he and his staff would recruit and sign players that were “above the line” that could play in the Mountain West.

“We thought if we could reach 20 that would have opp to play in the Mountain West, and not just play but win the Mountain West, we would have done well. We reached 22 guys,” Bohl said.

Bohl added UW could add a player or two in this class if the opportunity came up, but said the right players at the right positions would have to surface for that to happen.

“There is a purposeful reason why we are at 22,” Bohl said.

UW had its class wrapped up before noon. There was some drama as Snow College (Utah) defensive back Lee Crosby picked New Mexico over UW. Kind of ironic that the UW men’s and women’s basketball teams play New Mexico tonight, isn’t it?

A couple of other guys UW was recruiting also choose different schools. Athlete Jay McIntyre of Colorado, son of Colorado coach Mike McIntyre, will play for his dad and the Buffs. Receiver Ronald Nash Jr. from Iowa stayed home and signed with Northern Iowa.

UW did not sign a receiver in this class. Not a huge surprise since it returns seven receivers that caught passes last season, including three of its top four guys: Senior Dominic Rufran, sophomore Tanner Gentry and senior Jalen Claiborne. Bohl said a “program-changer” receiver did not emerge in this class, and also said what UW currently has didn’t make receiver a top priority in this class.

Here is the breakdown position-wise in this class: QB (3), OL (3), TE (4) DB (4), DE (3), DT (2), RB (2), LB (1).

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UW football recruit visits

Here is a tentative list of football recruits that will visit Wyoming this weekend:

–ATH Jay MacIntyre, 5-11, 180, Louisville, Colo. (Monarch HS) — son of current Colorado football coach Mike McIntyre.

–DE Daniel Vega, 6-4, 260, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — Illinois State offer.

–OT Cole Turner, 6-4, 285, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — verbal commitment to Wyoming prior to Christmas.

–DE Connor Cain, 6-4, 250, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage HS) — Eastern Washington offer.

–DT Sidney Malauulu, 6-3, 280, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena HS). According to his Twitter account he committed to UW during his visit.

–LB Alex Bush, 6-2, 220, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS). Committed to UW via Twitter Saturday night.

–OG Ryan Cummings, 6-6, 310, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)

–DB Brian Hill , 6-1, 192, Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West HS)

–DE Joshua Stanton, 6-3, 230, Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS). Committed to UW last fall.

Also of note: QB Aaron Young of ASA College in New York has signed his letter of intent and plans to be on campus and attending classes at UW early next week. … Two other UW signees are also on campus: OL Richard Bettencourt (6-3, 288) from Meridian High in Meridian, Idaho and TE Jacob Hollister (6-4, 230) from Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. … Stanton is the younger brother of UW senior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton.